Tips to put you in a NaNo state of mind

National Novel Writing Month kicks off in 14 days. I’m participating for the first time and I’m super jazzed. Okay, make that was super jazzed.

Last week, the doubts started to creep in. What was I thinking? I haven’t finished any fiction longer than a short story, what makes me think I can do it in one month? I worry my concept won’t be strong enough when I dust off my underwear synopsis next week. I worry I won’t find the time. I worry. . .  Maybe you know how it goes.

Some of the motivation-sucking whispers I can chalk up to too many late nights at the computer and too many Hickory Sticks (evil, evil things). The rest is just the same old doubts that derail me every time.

Not this time. I went blog trolling to get myself back into a NaNo state of mind. Maybe my discoveries will give you a boost, too.

  • Remember, NaNoWriMo is an experiment, says best-selling author Roz Morris. “You are experimenting with your muse and your writing habits by setting yourself a challenge—and a difficult one. Experiments don’t fail or pass; they produce what they produce. Some of it will be nonsense, and some will be sublime invention. Stay the distance and see what happens. Enjoy the journey and the surprises.”
  • But is that professional? Yes, says Barbara Freethy, who had eight titles on the NYT Bestseller List this summer alone. When you’re published, and you’ve signed a contract, there is no chasing the shiny new idea or surrendering to your inner critic. Above all, you have to Make It Work.

To reaffirm my commitment to the spirit of NaNo, I’ve signed up for Candace Havens’ popular two-week Fast Drafting Workshop. (Check out her bio and how much shit this lady gets done and you’ll know why I signed up.)

It’s smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, which is either crazy or brilliant on my part. I’m hoping I can use my NaNo writing for any assignments and that the lessons will keep me writing and help clear the mist.

Either that or my brain will explode.


6 Comments on “Tips to put you in a NaNo state of mind”

  1. eritta says:

    Your brain will explode: I’m warning you of that right now.

    But you will LIKE IT.

    My first time was in 2004 and I have been absolutely hooked since. It’s SO MUCH FUN and I wish you oodles of luck on your venture! I’m so excited for this year! EE!

    This reminds me. I should write a Nano post.

  2. Stef says:

    We can doooo it!

  3. Nancy Sima says:

    Hi Sheri – I came across your blog from Writer Unboxed and wanted to wish you luck in November. I did Nano for the first time last year and it was a total rush!!! Since then I’ve been hard at work revising my first draft which has been it’s own adventure. I’m a fan of Roz Morris too – currently reading her novel My Memories of a Future Life. Enjoy the ride!!

  4. Sheri Hart says:

    Thanks for stopping by Nancy, and thanks for the nano encouragement!!

  5. Deb Marshall says:

    Thanks for these tips.

    And on your workspace post…yeah…mine is being built (in an old church!). Even as I type I am in a fifth wheel in the yard (big, big yard!).

    Cheers and good luck with NANO!